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Business Partner Awards

Business and Community Partner of the Year Awards
Since 2015 the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce has honored its business members with the Annual Business, Chamber member and Glazebrook Community Partner Awards.  Award winners are chosen based on certain criteria to include length of operation, community and chamber involvement, growth and job creation, accomplishments and achievements. Award winners are presented at the Annual Awards & Social event. The Glazebrook Community Partner award winner is also recognized by being the Grand Marshall of the Annual Holiday Parade.

We are happy to announce this year’s winners include:

  • Glazebrook Community Partner of the Year Award 2019 – Johnson County Emergency Management Agency
  • Business of the Year with 15 or More Employees Award 2019 – Twister Sports
  • Business of the Year with less than 15 Employees Award 2019 – Old Drum Real Estate
  • Start Up Business of the Year Award 2019 – Photo Gym
  • Chamber Member of the Year Award 2019 – Jamie Brisbin, Manager of World Finance

For more information contact the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce at 660 747-3168 or

MLK Jr. Service Awards

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award & High School and Community Service Award
An integral part of the University of Central Missouri’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held each year in January is the presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., High School Community Service 4 Award. These awards are presented jointly by the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the UCM Student Experience and Engagement Office at the monthly Chamber luncheon in January.

Nominees should possess one or all the qualities listed in the nomination
criteria below to be nominated for the award:

  • Humanitarianism: Exhibiting the ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended impartially to all human beings by improving the quality of life of individuals or groups through actions that promote ethical standards for social reform and a demonstrated commitment to humanitarian activities and philanthropic endeavors.
  • Leadership: Evidence of actions that have led ethnically diverse groups toward a common goal that promotes positive change in the community and creates a sense of unity in a diverse community or organization.
  • Service: Selfless involvement in activities that provide a necessary service to a community or group of individuals.


The Johnson County CLIMB (Community Leadership Involvement Means a Better Community)
Program is held each year in the fall.  Up and coming leaders from across Johnson County come together to learn about the county and all that it has to offer. Members represent the local business community, the University of Central Missouri, Whiteman Air Force Base, organizations and agencies, and more. We hope your organization will want to be represented and have a part of shaping the future leaders of Johnson County!

Program Description: CLIMB is an eleven-week program designed to encourage citizens in Johnson County to become involved in community affairs.  This program improves the skills participants need in order to assume community leadership responsibilities.

Program Expectations: As a group, each CLIMB class is asked to organize a group fundraiser to benefit future CLIMB classes and a community involvement activity to benefit an area philanthropic or charitable organization.  As an individual, each CLIMB participant is asked to make a one-year volunteer commitment with the philanthropic or charitable organization of his/her choice.

Policy on Non-Completion: A participant may not graduate having missed the Retreat or a total of 3 full days of the program. This is an excellent opportunity to become more involved in the local community and grow one’s professional network. CLIMB provides tremendous networking opportunities and helps bring together rising leaders from Johnson County’s integral stakeholders.

For additional information please call Stormy Taylor, Program Chair, at 660-441-2458.

Manufacturing Day

The Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce partners with Johnson County high school educators and several local manufacturers and businesses to host Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day is designed to show students, parents, educators, and their communities, that manufacturing in the 21 st century is often clean, high tech, fast paced and involves the production of advanced products that we use every day.
For more information about Manufacturing Day in Warrensburg, Missouri please contact the Chamber office at 660-747-3168 or email